Mary Randlett Portraits: Exhibit & Book Talk in Odegaard

Join us for a book talk on Mary Randlett Portraits with author Frances McCue on Thursday, November 20 at 5:00 pm in Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220.  View the exhibit celebrating the newly released book in which McCue shares stories of Northwest artists, writers and arts advocates, gleaned from long conversations with Randlett and research in Special Collections.

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Mary Randlett Portraits by Frances McCue (UW Press 2014)

The exhibit  (October 20-January 20 in the Odegaard Library galleries) features Mary Randlett’s black-and-white photographic portraits of artists Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Theodore Roethke, Jacob and Gwen Lawrence and George Tsutuakawa; writers Tom Robbins, Henry Miller, and Colleen McElroy; arts patron Betty Bowen and many more.  The portraits are selected from Randlett’s life work of approximately 70,000 photographs held by University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.  Randett, known for both her landscapes and portraits, began documenting iconic Pacific Northwest artists in 1949. In 1963, Theodore Roethke asked her to photograph him in his Seattle home; hers were the last pictures taken of the poet before his death, and they garnered international attention.

McCue is an award-winning poet, essayist, and arts administrator. She is founding director of the Richard Hugo House and currently teaches writing and literature as a writer-in-residence at the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Honors Program.

Libraries Special Collections purchased the Mary Randlett Photograph Collection in 2003 through generous donor support.  In honor of Randlett’s 90th birthday this year, a major effort is being made to complete an access project for the collection. Supporters can give online to the Randlett Photography Project.

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Anne Jenner, PNW Curator

I joined Special Collections as the Pacific Northwest Curator in the summer of 2012. Having earned an M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the UW, this marks a return to the Pacific Northwest after embarking on a career as a university professor and librarian/archivist. Along the way, I earned an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and most recently served as Director of Archives and Special Collections at North Park University in Chicago. Before that, I worked as cataloger, and then Head of Library, at Augustana College’s Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, Illinois. Previously, I served as Director of the Scandinavian Program and Lecturer in the Department of Germanics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I hold a B.A. in Swedish with a minor in history from North Park College in Chicago.

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